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Freshman Sean Kenny talks to a recruiter from Light Energy during the Summer Job Fair in the Shepherd Union Atrium. (Christina Huerta/The Signpost)

When summer hits, that means fun in the sun, trips and adventures. It also means you’re probably going to need a little extra cash in your pocket, too.

The Weber State Summer Career Fair took place on Wednesday afternoon on both the second and third floor of the Shepherd Union.

Employers from all over Ogden and surrounding areas set up booth’s, providing information for students for part-time positions available at each respective business. Over 70 booths were set up with employers giving out pamphlets, business cards and candy.

Alexis Brown, the corporate recruiting and events specialist, was in charge of putting on the event. She said because of career fairs like this, the employer-student hiring rate is pretty successful.

“The placement rate is pretty high,” Brown said. “There are a lot of employers here, and we market it pretty well.”

While this particular career fair focused more on hiring students for part-time positions, Brown said sometimes things can work out to where the student could become a full-time position holder, depending on the company.

“If it’s a company that students can get in at an entry level position,” Brown said, “if it is a place they want to stay, and they can move up, they’ll stay. I’ve heard of this happening a lot with students.”

While there were many job opportunities off campus, there were also some available right here at Weber State.

Jim Maughan, who works in facilities management in the landscape department, said although his department is hiring seasonally, it is definitely possible to move up into a full-time position.

“This position gives students exposure to different departments all over campus, giving students the opportunity to expand their knowledge to new departments,” Maughan said.

He also said this position works on building communication skills, working with others and gives students a chance to be outdoors this summer as well.

Many of the employers who had booths set up have come to WSU many times in the past, due to the success of hiring students for their companies.

“Our employers keep coming back, we have a lot of regulars, so this is good for both employers and students to make connections,” Bryan Hamblin, the social and behavioral science career and employment counselor, said.

Hamblin said if students were not able to attend this event, they can access information about it on WSU’s Career Services web page by signing up for Career Connect. Students will not only be able to see the information from this particular career fair but also can see up-to-date job posting from employers as well.

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